By: David J. Smith, March 9, 2015

On March 5, 2015, I had the honor of visiting Waubonsee Community College (WCC) near Aurora, IL.   At the invitation of Ellen Lindeen, who leads the college’s peace and conflict effort, I spoke to students and faculty about approaches that community colleges can take to advance peacebuilding and conflict resolution education.   In the morning session we explored how conflict sensitive skills can be helpful personally and in careers. Teaching conflict resolution aptitudes should be a critical aspect of career education. This was followed by lunch with college leadership and faculty including WCC’s president Christine J. Sobek.

Speaking to about 150 students at Waubonsee Community College
Speaking to about 150 students at Waubonsee Community College

In the afternoon, I held a second session with students and faculty on peacebuilding. In this session, we also explored individual meanings of peace and conflict. Waubonsee Community College currently offers two peace studies courses: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and Human Rights and Social Justice. The college is looking to expand its offerings. For more information, contact Ellen Lindeen at elindeen@waubonsee.edu.